A sickening speedway crash saw three riders flung from their bikes and onto the track.
The horror incident took place during the Ostrow v Gdansk fixture in Poland on Sunday after one of the riders – Oliver Berntzon – collided with the barriers at the fourth turn. He then bounced into the path of his competitors, who were unable to avoid impact.
King’s Lynn captain Nicolai Klindt collided with the out of control Berntzon and toppled over the two bikes, with his own bike striking him as he took a heavy fall.
One of the oncoming tires appeared to hit Berntzon’s orange helmet, while a third driver – Francis Gusts – was launched into the air like a rag doll, landing on his back.
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The riders were rushed to hospital following the three-man pile up, though they were all lucky enough to escape without fatal injuries.
Klindt, who was part of Workington Comets’ 2018 treble-winning team, reportedly suffered a broken neck in two places along with a C3 fracture. However, his team revealed he still maintains movement in his arms and legs.
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Berntzon and Gusts escaped with heavy bruising, while the latter complained of a headache. Berntzon will reportedly leave the hospital on Monday while Gusts is set to be discharged on Wednesday.
Klindt, who is set to undergo rehabilitation, was offered some positive words from his former Comets team manager Tony Jackson in light of the crash.
Jackson said: “Naturally I was shocked to hear of his big crash in Poland, where by all accounts he was the innocent party.
“Thankfully initial reports say he has full movement which is a big positive but obviously it will take time to fully recover and I know that everyone connected with the 2018 Comets will wish him a speedy recovery.
“He is a really nice guy and was an integral member of our treble winning team both on and off the track. He has been riding really well in all Leagues this year and I am gutted for him.”
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